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Dalkeith.
For Memorial Church,

Mr. J. Melen .........

1 0 0

Nertoton,
Mr. Paterson's Fe-
United Presbyterian

Mr. J. Moon.

0 10 6

Rev. S. C. Kent.

Mr. - Murray.... 1 0 0 male

Sabbath School 0 60
Class for

Mr. - Newman
Madagascar ...........

Mains 0 18 0 Fishwiok

1 ! .Sabbath Services & Sabbath Class 050

Mr. R. Nott

1 1 0

Public Meeting ... 41 14 9 12, 18.

Newton Brothers ... 1 1 . For Widows and
Falkirk.

Mr. Pratt

2 0 0

Orphans
Mrs. Pratt.

2 0 0 Sabbath School ...... 11 04 Kelloe. South United Pres.

Mrs. J. Rowe

1 1 0 byterian Church

Mr. Grafton Ross ... 1 1 0
Legacy of late Geo.

Missionary Boxes. Sabbath School ... 0 7 6 Buchan, Esq., for

Mr. R. Saddington... 1 ! 0 Master Holt.

1 11 3 Madagascar, in.

Mr. L. E. Threlkeld 1 1 0 Master Kent 086 Glasgow. cluding interest. 1220 10 11 Mr. W. B. Tooth...... 1 i 9 Miss Peck

1 18 6 Mr. S. Thompson ... 1 1 0 Miss Young ....

1 10 0 John Street United

Perth,
Mr. J. Thompson ... 1 1 0

821. 198.4d. Presbyterian Ch, 2000

Mr. - Woodward 1 1 01
Erskine United
North United Pres-
Messrs.R.&S,Watson 0 10 0

South Head.
Preshyterian Ch.,

byterian Church,

Mr. John Young 1 1 0 for Bibles for Ma. for Madagascar 10 00

Church Collection... 017 0 dagascar...

0 5 6
Thornhill.
Church Collections, &c.

Petersham.

Congregational.
Miss I. Peddie......... 1 0 0

Church Collection... 1 8 8
Melrose.

Woolahra.

Sabbath School
United Presbyterian
Thurso.

32. 149. 8d.

Rev.J. E. Vetch, B.A.
Church Sabbath
School, for Mada-
Rev. J. Syme. Church Services...... 7 16 1

Maitland.
gascar .........
10 Missionary Box at

Sacramental Collec

Rev. R. T. Hills.
tion for Widows,&c. 9 15 0
Monthly Meeting 3 0 0
Mrs. Miller ............

107, 118. id.

1 1 0 Portobello.

Sabbath School, for 41. 18.

Mare..

6 0 0

Redfern. United Presbyterian

Pour years' sub. Church, Rev. G.

Rev. W. Slatyer. scription for Mare 4 0 Deans

IRELAND.
Public Meeting 7 18 7

10%.
1231. 178. 4d.

Sabbath Services 18 14 0
Belfast.
Bont for Savage Is-

Kent Street.
Glasgor Auxiliary Society. Rev. Dr. Edgar (D). 500 land, per Juvenile Sahbath School, per
Do, for Madagascar 500

Society

12 0 0

W.Day, jun........ 100 R. Goodwin, Esq., Treas.

102.

For Mrs. Jones's

School at Mare 7 0 0 Campbelltown.
Alexander Allan 5 0 0 Londonderry Con.
James Gray, Ayr 1 100 gregational Church

Collected by

Rev. J. Gibson. Andrew Garrard,

Sabbath School for

Mrs. Greenwell 0 10 0 Shettleston 0 10 0 Memorial Church. 5 1 3 Mrs. Henry

8 0 0 Church Collection... 1 611 David Mackinlay,

Mrs.& Miss Morsely 106 Pollock shields...... 5 0 0

401. 188. 1d.

Ipsich, Queensland. Rohert McIndoe.. 050 NEW SOUTH WALES.

Rev. J. W.C. Drane. A Friend, per John

Pitt Street. Proudfoot,

Auxiliary Society. for India 1 0 0 J. Thompson, Esq., Treas.

Rev. W. Cuthbertson, B.A. Church Collection &

School pence
Ditto for China 0 15 0 Rev. A. Buzacott, and N. H. Sabbath Services ... 02 118
A Friend in Scotland,
Eagar, Esq., Secretaries. Public Meeting ..... 27 15 8

Presbyterian. per Rev. A, Fraser,

United Communion for Rev. B. P. Keas- Subs. & Donations-1861-09

Service.....

13 10 6

Macquarie Street. berry, Singapore 70 Mr.J. Alexander 1 1 0.

Collected by

Rev. Dr. Steel
Trustees of the late Mr. G. W. Allen ...... 1 1 0
John McDowell,
Mrs. Austin

10 0 0 Free Church Col....901 Esq., part of Le Mr. J. S. Adams..... 0 10 0

Mrs. Baker

090
gacy
293 12 0 Mr.T.O. Breillat ... 1 1 0
Contributed by &

Church Hill.
Mr. B. Buchanan

Ladies' School.
1 1 0

0 19 6 For Madagascar.

Scots Church Col. . 5 10 Mr. - Bloxham

Contributed for Mare,

1 1 0 Colonel Gartshore... 100 Mr. A. Balbernie 1 0 0

by Mr. Goodlet ... 2 0 0
1181, 198. 4d.

Kent Street,
Arch. McPhadyen... i 0 0 Mr.M.O. Blandford i 0 0
G. Rintoul....
0 3 6 Mr.T. Chapman...... 1 100

St. Andrew's Church
Mr. J. R. Chambers 0 10 6

Bourke Street.

Collection ............ 10 01 Collections.

Mr. S. Dickinson 1 1 0 Rev. J. Johnson, Annual Meeting...... 2 18 0 Mr. J. Dunniclif 1 0 0

Castlereagh Street. Erskine United

Mr. Ellis,

05 Sabbath Services ... 9 12 4

Mr. P.J, Elliot
Presbyterian Ch.,

St. George's Church
i o O Sacramental Collec-
9 0 0
tion for Widows

Collection ..........
Rev.Mr. Drnmmond 12 10 Mr.N. H. Eagar ...
Free St. Matthias Mr. J. Fairfax, sen. ? ? 0

and Orphans ....

9 10 6
Church
12 0 0 Mr. O. J. Fairfax ... i i 0 Sabbath School Col. 1 8 6

Philip Street,
Caledonian Road
Mr. R. T. Ford 0 10 6

181, 118, 4d.

Rev. A. Thoinson. Mr. P. Fanning ....... United Presbyte

1 1 0 rian Church ......... 90 o Mr. Ambrose Foss. 5 5 0

Balmain.

United Church Col.: 9 2752, 1780d.

Mrs. Gordon....... 1 0 0
Mr. A. Garran. 1 0 0

Rev. A. Rea.

Redfern.
Mr. R. Garrett 1 1 0
Hutchesentoron, Mr. J. Gillam

1 1 0
Congregational Ch,

Chalmer's Church

and School..... Mr. B. Hunt..

18 08

6 0

Collection

1 1 0 United Presbyterian

Mr. J. V. Hall 1 0 0
Church, Rev. J.S.
Mr. - Hudson 1 0 0

Parramatta.
Taylor
10 0 0 Mr. John Hay.....

1 0 0

Riley Street.
Mr. D. Jones

Scots Church Col... $ 18
9 00
Mr. H. W. Johnson. 1 1 0

Rev. S. Humphreys.
Mr. G. A, Lloyd
Horndean.

Newcastle.
1 1 0 Sabbath Services 9 8 0

Hon. A. MoArthur. 11 0 Sabbath School ...... 1 0 6 Scots Church Sun. Rev. J. Stark, for

Mr. John Morris ... 1 0 0 Viss M, Bateup 2 2 0 day School........... Madagascar ......... 0 10 olMr. J. H. Morrison. 0 10 ol

51, 58. Bd.

4001, 132, 40,

11 11

3 ô & Mrs. Sutton

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Contributions in aid of the Society will be thankfully received by Sir Culling Eardley Eardley, Bat

Treasurer, and Rev. Ebenezer Prout, at the Mission House, Biomfield-street, Finsbury, London ; James S. Mack, Esq., s.S.C., 2, St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh; Robert Goodwin, Esq., 235, Georg street, and Religious Institution Rooms, 12, South Hanover-street, Glasgow; Rev. Alex. King, Metr politan Hall, Dublin ; and by Rev. John Hands, Brooke Ville, Monkstoron, near Dublin. Post-Of Orders should be in favour of Rev. Ebenezer Prout, and payable at the General Post Office.

WILLIAN STEVENS, PRINTER, 37, BELL TARD, TEMPLE BAB.

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THE

EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE

AND

MISSIONARY CHRONICLE.

MARCH, 1863.

The Controversy on the Pentateuch.* SOME of the difficulties started by Bishop Colenso are of a character which may be easily solved, whatever'opinion be formed as to the number of the Israelites. For example

It is objected that the court of the Tabernacle could not hold the gatherings of the people. Much is made of the words “ the whole assembly," "all the congregation.". Curious calculations are entered into about cubic feet, and it is demonstrated that there was not space to accommodate half a million. Let the number be greatly reduced, still there would not be room for all the tribes. But what reader of the Bible, who thinks a second thought, imagines that the historian means that everybody was there, any more than he believes that almost everybody in Antioch of Pisidia was in Paul's congregation, when it is said almost the whole city came to bear the word?” Who fancies, that the words are to be taken literally, when we say " all the town,” or “all the world,” was at some particular place? We should smile were any one to go measuring London Guildhall, and then set about gravely proving, that though it was often said the citizens met there in common hall to transact public business, the thing was utterly untrue, because not a fiftieth part of the inhabitants, however densely packed, could stand within the walls.

To argue that Moses and Joshua could never have addressed all Israel is equally childish. 600,000 people could not have heard either of them. Of course not-nor a tenth part either. But what then ? Would not anybody understand the statement, that Lord Russell, when member for London, spoke to all the citizens from the hustings, -to mean simply that there was a large concourse, which might be regarded as representing the whole city? Why not understand the statement in the Pentateuch in the same way?

. Continued from p. 70.

VOL. XLI.

K

Great difficulties are raised as to the institution of the Passover, Ex. xii. 21–28.

To say, after reading these words in connexion with the rest of the chapter, “that in one day the whole population of Israel, as large as that of London, was instructed to keep the passover, and actually kept it,” is monstrous. It is plain, from the third verse, that orders were given considerably beforehand-given before the tenth day of the month-as to what was to be done on the fourteenth. This night and this day, afterwards mentioned, must mean-in the connexion in which they occur—not the night or day on which the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, but a particular night and day then future, when the event and the ceremonial described should take place. This would allow ample time for all needful preparation. Nor does the narrative necessarily imply that every family in Israel on that occasion kept the paschal feast. The command was given to the elders. To them it was said, “ Draw out now and take you a lamb according to your

families.The sprinkling of the blood on the door-posts, in order to save from the destroying angel, could only be necessary in the case of such families as were dwelling in the midst of the Egyptians. To describe the case as one in which we have to imagine a message of life and death conveyed without fail to every single family in a population as large as that of London between sunrise and sunset-and that, too, without their having had any previous notice whatever on the subject, and without any preparation having been made beforehand to facilitate such a communication,-is nothing less than to misrepresent and falsify in the most palpable manner the Mosaic narrative.

The march out of Egypt is pronounced impossible. In spite of Moses' statements to the contrary, it is spoken of as “a sudden flight," and is compared to a household of English colonists frightened at dead of night by a tribe of Zulus, who were making direct for the camp, killing right and left. The two cases are entirely dissimilar. Arrangements were previously made for the departure of Israel; the idea of departure had been uppermost in the people's minds for a long time, as Moses' conduct and words all through the series of Egyptian plagues manifestly prove. The people were expecting to leave the house of bondage; and when the time actually arrived for so doing, their departure was that of a nation divinely called to take the wonderful journey; and was conducted by leaders, who were infallibly sure that they acted under the commission of Jehovah. A great deal must have taken place in connexion with the exodus wbich is not recorded. The history is manifestly incomplete — just an outline of leading facts, nothing more; and it is most unfair, and unworthy of a mind of large thought, and simple, honest purpose, to deal with it as if it gave, or professed to give, a full and entire view of this most extraordinary and miraculous adventure.

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